Microplastics: The Problem
Most people don’t find clothes and textiles to be a major source of plastic pollution. But the truth is 35% of all microplastics found in oceans come from our washing machines.
That’s because over 60% of clothes are now made from synthetic, i.e. plastic, textiles. Polyester, acrylic, nylon are all made from small plastic fibres, which shed every time we wash them in a washing machine. They travel down the drain and end up polluting and harming the environment and us.
Researchers found that an average 6 kg load of laundry releases more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into wastewater. Because washing machines don’t have filters that could catch them, all these small plastic fibres end up polluting the environment. Washing machines are the biggest source of microplastics that pollutes our oceans.
Because they are so small and, most often, invisible to the naked eye, it’s very easy to forget about microplastics. But the fact is, microplastics have now been found everywhere: at the deepest point of the ocean, remote alpine peaks, and in our food and drinking water. They cause poisoning, infertility, and genetic disruption. It is known that microplastics can enter human body through the nose or mouth and small enough particles can end up in our lung tissues.
PlanetCare: The Vision
PlanetCare’s microfibre filters were developed to stop the harmful and widespread microplastics pollution. Plastic microfibres that come from our washing machines are causing irreparable damage to ecosystems and have implications for human health. PlanetCare’s filters stop 90% of all fibres, which would otherwise end up in the environment.
Other ways to help
Fill the washing machine up to the maximum.
Wash your clothes at lower temperatures and wash them less frequently!